Following recent bomb attacks involving young women wearing veil in Kano state, a good number of women, particularly young ones, have avoided wearing veil in the state to avoid being harassed and intimidated by security personnel and other people in the state.
One of the women, who spoke to the Hausa Service of the BBC yesterday, monitored in Jos, said that her decision to stop putting Hijab (veil) was as a result of the harassment and intimidation she encountered when she was about to enter a market recently in the city.
She said, “Recently I was asked to go to the market to buy some goods. On reaching the entrance of the market, I was refused admittance into the market on the ground that I was wearing veil.
“Later on I was told by some guards at the market entrance that for me to be admitted into the market, I must remove my Hijab (veil) which I refused. After a long discussion with the guards, I decided to go back home without buying what took me to the market.
“Following that incident I decided that I would never put on veil or carry a bag whenever I am going out in order to avoid being harassed and intimidated by people and security personnel until the situation is brought to order” , she added.
The BBC reported that residents in the state were no longer free with women on Hijab (veil) and as a result, a good number of women currently have avoided putting Hija when going out since the recent bombers included women who appeared on Hijab.
Malam Ado who is also a resident in Kano, told BBC that the recent female bomb attacks have developed fear in him, saying that whenever he saw women wearing Hijab, he got afraid and sometimes alerted the security agents.
Yakasai also reported that security personnel in the state have intensified their search mostly on women who were always on veil to avoid further occurrence of the previous bomb blasts lunched by female bombers.